Chumash Child Burials
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Rita Shepard shows teachers at outreach workshop cutting tule reeds to make mats
UNIVERSITY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Outreach Program Teams Archaeologists with Teachers
Exploring Ways to Include the Study of Material Culture in the Elementary and Middle School Curriculum
by Rita Shepard
"Fabulous resources and packets!"
"The CD-ROM was wonderful!"
"Wonderful hands-on activities!"
"I felt lucky to share with other teachers and meet archaeologists!"
THESE COMMENTS AND MANY MORE LIKE THEM ATTEST TO THE success of the Institute's new outreach program for teachers. It has been developed to introduce an archaeological perspective into the required History and Social Science curriculum. This collaborative effort brought together the UCLA Institute of Archaeology and Corinne A. Seeds University Elementary School (UES). Sharon Sutton and Raul Alarcon, teachers at UES, and I are coordinating the program, in which teachers and archaeologists bring the expertise of their own disciplines to the design of teaching modules focused on archaeological subjects. These modules then are presented in day-long workshops to Los Angeles elementary and middle school teachers by a team that includes an IOA archaeologist and a UES teacher.
A pilot workshop held last spring was received so well that the Institute and the University Elementary School wrote a proposal to fund an initial two-year program. We are very grateful to the Ahmanson Foundation for awarding the moneys to develop a full-scale program. The first fully funded workshop was held March 6, and it was enthusiastically endorsed by those who attended.